Review: Redout (Nintendo Switch)

Redout is a freakishly fast and uncompromising anti-gravity racing game, designed to be as challenging and satisfying as the best games in the vertigo-soaked futuristic arcade racing genre. Each turn, slope, and twist applies a unique force to your vehicle, and players can drift and pitch the ship to minimize friction, channeling those forces into even greater forward velocity.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 2.8gb download size.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • Comes with all the previous DLC-Mars, Neptune and V.E.R.T.E.X packs which are new tracks, Liveries, Teams, and events.
  • Wipeout influenced gameplay. It is a fast as hell hi-tech antigrav racing game.
  • Banging soundtrack from trance to drum and bass.
  • Three difficulties-Rookie, Redout, and veteran.
  • Three controller layouts- Arcade, Classic, and Redout.
  • Four modes- Career, Quick race, Splitscreen and online.
  • Measurement- Imperial or metric.
  • Career- Play through the leagues, Earning EXP and cash. Level up to unlock new teams and ships and not forgetting powerups.
  • Contracts-Random side missions to earn bonus EXP and cash.
  • Bronze, Silver and gold medals awarded based off time.
  • Five views- Cockpit, bumper, far, behind and bonnet.
  • Powerups- Active and passive. They add things like speed boost, Siphon energy off nearby ships or respawn faster. Can swap them out at will.
  • The fastest racing game I have ever played. Makes Wipeout look like Mario Kart.
  • Performance- Despite the speed, The game maintains a solid frame rate and keeps the detail level high and levels look gorgeous.
  • Race types-Time attack, pure time attack, speed, survival, instagib, race, pure race, arena race, last man standing, score and boss.
  • Online-Join, host, and search. Supports 6 players online and you can do boss, race and pure race game types. Laps 2-8.
  • Seven race locations with five events in each. Cairo, Alaska, Abruzzo, volcano, Europa, Neptune, and vertex.
  • Slick easy to read UI both in the menu and the HUD.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Tight responsive controls.
  • 100’s of liveries to unlock and use.
  • PSVR support is coming in the future.
  • Racing involves strafing around corners and managing your ship position. You need to counter-attack scraping your ship on the floor to maintain speed.
  • Tracks have crazy corners and loop the loop and massive jumps.

Cons:

  • Small text.
  • Graphics on handheld look washed out.
  • The slight learning curve for the controls as in the turning and countering the ground.
  • Can only play unlocked tracks online.
  • No straight up weapon warfare modes like Wipeout.
  • Very easy to go off track.
  • AI can still be punishing at times.
  • No tutorial.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Redout is a love letter to the Wipeout games, It does enough to stand up on its own two feet but the comparisons will always be there. Redout is defiantly the faster racer out of the two and the crazy thing is the game still looks just as gorgeous at the fast pace on the Nintendo Switch. The controls take a little bit of time to get used too but once it clicks you are set for some of the best racing. Even if you are team Wipeout, You owe it to yourself to experience this game. In short, Redout gives Wipeout a run for its money and a worthwhile experience. I also hope it is just my eyes but the graphics whilst playing handheld look washed out and kind undefined? At any rate, once the speed starts its all relative anyway!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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